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Village of Assi Gonia

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Vantaris Hotels, Nicolas Hotel, Anthos Apartments

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Early morning at the Panigiri in Asigonia
Early morning at the Panigiri in Asigonia
Assi Gonia has become a centre for traditional Cretan folklore and culture. This may be due in part because it was the home of Georgios Psychoundakis, the author of The Cretan Runner, a book that recounts stories of the resistance movement during World War II and the local participation in it. On Agios Georgios' Day, 23 April, the local people bring their animals (mostly sheep and goats) from the mountains to be blessed by the priest. They are milked, the milk is boiled and then served to those in attendance.
You can also reach the higher plateaus of Kalikratis and Asfedou from here by a rough road.

Photos of Village of Assi Gonia:


Milking sheep for the Panigiri of Agios Georgios in Asigonia
Milking sheep for the Panigiri of Agios Georgios in Asigonia
Crowds attending the Panigiri, Asigonia
Crowds attending the Panigiri, Asigonia
The boiled milk is distributed, Asigonia
The boiled milk is distributed, Asigonia
The priest blesses the animals, the milk, and the shepherds in the celebration, Asigonia
The priest blesses the animals, the milk, and the shepherds in the celebration, Asigonia
The church of Agios Georgios and the sheep pens in the village of Asigonia
The church of Agios Georgios and the sheep pens in the village of Asigonia
Shepherds in Asigonia
Shepherds in Asigonia
Shepherds in Asigonia
Shepherds in Asigonia
Early morning at the Panigiri in Asigonia
Early morning at the Panigiri in Asigonia
 
Visit the area of the sight: Asi gonia